The Chandler-based firm is accused of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy and engaging in deceptive, unfair and unlawful business practices.
At the center of the issue is Subsys, an opioid made by Insys...Arizona News
Scottsdale-based healthcare marketing and public relations firm sees opportunity in Tennessee.
Activate Health’s client roster includes Dignity Health, Avella Specialty Pharmacy, NurseGrid, Arizona Care Network and SpringBoard Healthcare. Activate also has experience launching health information technologies including mobile apps,...Arizona News
The controversial Republican health care overhaul faces a perilous path forward.
"There are about eight to 10 Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill," Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, said on CNN's State of the Union. "So at the end of the day, I don't know whether it will pass." Read of concerns from...Arizona News
The shortage of primary care providers, has grown steadily worse in recent years, according to the National Rural Health Association.
Since 2010, more than 70 rural hospitals have closed. Though the shortage of doctors all across rural America is a crisis affecting some 90 million Americans, the problem is not even part of the health...Arizona News
The absence of even one Republican senator imperils passage.
Saturday the Majority Leader announced the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act will not be brought to the floor for consideration as previously announced. McConnell noted that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had significant surgery and will be recovering in Arizona for an...
Updates include a continuation of the net investment income tax, the Medicare Health Insurance Tax and a tax on wealthy health insurance execs.
The newest revision of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) adds about $43 billion to fight opioid abuse and includes a remix of Sen. Ted Cruz's amendment that allows insurers...
As U.S. Senators continue to draft a bill to to repeal and replace The Affordable Care Act (ACA), The Hertel Report presents an easy to read comparison of data from Maricopa, Pima, Yavapai and Cochise counties.
More than 196,000 Arizona consumers purchased health insurance on HealthCare.gov for the 2017 benefit year.
Slashing Medicaid could lead to hospital closures in Arizona
Under the Senate replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rural hospitals in Arizona face potentially drastic Medicaid cuts that would increase debt and potentially send some hospitals out of business, leaving thousands of rural Arizonans without a hospital...
How much do Medicaid beneficiaries really like the care they are receiving?
The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) develops and conducts Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS) surveys to better understand Medicaid beneficiaries’ experiences with providers. These CMS surveys are not measuring...
A fresh and complete look on the impact upcoming healthcare reforms will have on Arizona’s budget, people and economy.
Recent legislation passed by Congress is dramatically cutting federal funds, putting hundreds of thousands of Arizonans at risk of losing Medicaid coverage and could impact the federal budget by billions in the...National News
The stated intent is to inject consumer choice and competition.
Hoping to win over conservatives, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Utah Senator Mike Lee's "Consumer Freedom Option", would allow insurance companies to sell any health coverage plan they wish, so long as they also provide one plan that satisfies the mandates of the Affordable...National News
Majority Leader McConnell intends to unveil a revision Thursday that would be voted on next week.
The July 4 recess let Senators spend time with constituents, nervous and vocal about proposed changes, particularly to Medicaid. Three quotes by leaders are illustrative:
Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) said Tuesday that he was...Arizona News
The filing is at odds with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association position.
The assertion of the AzHHA is that the cost to its hospital members is less than the benefit they receive from having fewer patients show up at their doors without insurance, whose bills would have to be written off as bad debt.
Green Valley...Arizona News
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Centene have filed their intent to offer individual products in 2018 with the Arizona Department of Insurance
CMS released its updated county-level map of 2018 projections on July 5, 2017.
This is yet another failing report card for the Exchanges. The American people have fewer insurance...National News
Researchers studied financial data reported by insurance companies to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and compiled by Mark Farrah Associates to look at the average premiums, claims, medical loss ratios, gross margins, and enrollee utilization from first quarter 2011 through first quarter 2017 in the individual...National News
After evaluating the U.S. Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the group recommends that for stability and sustainability of the individual market, legislators should focus their efforts on funding CSRs, enforcing the individual mandate and increasing funding for premium subsidies for high-cost enrollees.
With legislation of...
The Fund is a private foundation that supports independent research on healthcare issues. Its aim is to promote a high performing healthcare system with special emphasis on improved access, quality and efficiency for vulnerable populations.
The analysis uses changes in federal spending and revenue from 2018 to 2026 for every state to...
Featuring Advisor to The Hertel Report Dr. Leonard Kirschner.
Airdate: June 26, 2017
AARP Arizona has released a new poll on the deep divide between Americans and Washington politicians over health care policies important to older Americans. The results show that people don’t support bills that would mean higher costs and less...National News
She can give advice about what does and does not meet the criteria of reconciliation, but the Senate can just ignore her.
As the Senate's first female parliamentarian, MacDonough's role was best summed up by the former Senate Parliamentarian Robert Dove who said of the position, "The demands, are frankly tremendous. What the...
Impassioned voices from across the state on the impact of the bill's proposed changes to Medicaid, coverage for pre-existing conditions and the partisan divide.
We've collected some of the most notable editorials from around the state below:
Robert Robb at The Arizona Republic makes his case that shrinking Medicaid in Arizona...
People with mental health disorders represent 16 percent of the U.S. population.
In a study published June 26, researchers looked at opioid use among a class of patients.
“We are prescribing way too much opioids,” said Dr. Brian Sites, an anesthesiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and one of the...National News
Sweeping changes were called for, barriers to implementation exist.
Obstacles identified in the study include disparities between the services needed by patients and families and the services they can obtain, barriers in access to care, and "inadequate numbers of palliative care specialists and too little palliative care knowledge...Arizona News
"Basically, it is an app that helps doctors gather information on their patients."
Robert Yao created an algorithm that evolved into an iOS application, which is finishing up beta testing at several hospitals.
The next step for EpiFinder, which has a staff of seven that fluctuates into the 20s when school is in session and...National News
Dr. Jerome Adams would replace Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was ousted by the Trump administration in April.
Adams, an anesthesiologist, has been an advocate for addressing the opioid epidemic. Dr. Adams also has had to face the public health consequences of opioid addiction head-on as health commissioner, most notably when an HIV outbreak...National News
Supporters say care is better, detractors say access to specialists is difficult.
The Government Accountability Office, the auditing arm of Congress, looked at 126 Medicare Advantage plans and found that 35 of them had disproportionately high numbers of sicker people dropping out. Patients cited difficulty with access to "preferred...